Reprinted with permission from Organic Connections magazine By Organic Connections magazine staff writer Bruce Boyers.
April 20, 2010 his study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of U.S. soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry.
Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family-operated urban homestead located in the heart of Pasadena, California. Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a major freeway, the Dervaes family has steadily transformed an ordinary 66' x 66' city lot into a lush, organic and sustainable micro-farm teeming with butterflies, edible flowers and even chickens, ducks and goats! This modern, electronic-media savvy family are neither anachronistic farmers nor Luddites: they chronicle their homesteading lifestyle on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. They also run several websites and business ventures online: Dervaes Gardens sells produce locally, Peddler's Wagon for eco-goods, Freedom Seeds sells non-GMO and open-pollinated seeds and the nonprofit Dervaes Institute and community outreach programs support their pioneering lifestyle while educating the public. Healing Our World salutes this inspiring family for taking a stand and walking the talk.